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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
9:13 pm
I can freeview stereo pairs!

Which means I can look at images like this without a stereoscope or anything fancy and see them in 3d. Score! It may not sound that fancy, but I couldn't do it for for the longest time (and I still can't do it with the ones meant for crossviewing, where you look at the left image with your right eye and vice versa), and now I can! I find it helps if the images are fairly small.

In terms of practical uses, since I'm working on a series of photos for use with a stereoscope right now it means I can preview them without having to pull out a mini-viewer or convert them to anaglyph. This is so cool!

I'm still waiting for my stereoscope to come in the mail. I hope it's pretty in person. It looks like it needs the slightest bit of repair, which hopefully I'll be able to do without leaving too ugly of a mark on it, but in general I think it's probably a good purchase.

In other news, I have an accounting test tomorrow, and I've completely lost my textbook. Lost it! I was in the process of taking it downstairs last night so I wouldn't lose it, and I got distracted by giving my cat her medicine, and now I've absolutely no idea where it is. The damn things several inches thick -- you'd think it wouldn't be able to hide like this -- and yet I cannot for the life of me find it. This is ridiculous.

(no more sinister than sane)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
9:48 pm
Today I was a consumer. Bought an antique stereoscope on eBay before class (for my artin'), then in the evening went to Radio Shack to get new earphones (this one I don't consider an opulent purchase because I used the old pair until even the single remaining earphone didn't make noise), and while I was there picked up a monopod for cheap. Showed my mother later, and she told me she had a monopod she could have lent me. Felt silly. Bought faux fur at Stone Mountain because it was sooooo soft and I figured I could make something fancy out of it.

So most of my consumerism is in the name of "I could create cool art with this," but it makes me feel silly. I could create create cool art without so much STUFF, couldn't I? But when it comes to art supplies, I'm a hoarder.

I'd feel less guilty about it if I were making a decent wage. But since I'm not, half of me goes "Use these products, become a fabulous artist, suck up your social anxieties and sell your art for money!" and the other half me goes, "You don't need that. Sure, commodities 'inspire' you, but if you can't make art with dirt, water, and a few old newspapers -- or at least what art supplies you already have, what kind of artist are you."

(no more sinister than sane)

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
10:38 pm
I want to use my (shared) little sewing room, but Laura has claimed it as her computer room :( And she computers a lot.

It makes me wish I'd set up my sewing things in, say, that other large, almost completely unused second living room that we've got, but since we've "already got" a sewing room I don't think I can get permission for that.

Well, damn.

< /spoiled>

ETA: Yes! Not only got permission to move my sewing things to the downstairs living room, but ended up in a discussion about completely rearranging the surrounding rooms to make things lovelier and more sensible.

(no 2 can explain | no more sinister than sane)

Sunday, September 4th, 2011
5:28 pm
Went to the Girlyman show at Freight and Salvage with Aaron and sortof surprise-saw my older sister there. It was pretty good fun -- the people there were a lovely sort of librarianish crowd -- and the opening act was a very personable and cute Lucy Wainright Roche. Both played a bunch of waltzes and made me wish there was more room for dancing, but it is a very sit-down sort of venue. Ate part of a really expensive cookie.

Then we went back to my neighborhood and I got to take pretty pictures in an old lawn bowling green near my house that's been filled with old half-rotten blue wood-and-metal benches and overgrown with dandelions, which was pretty exciting even though it was difficult -- the lack of light made it tough to focus, and with my crappy tripod and Aaron trying very hard to hold still, even the well-focused pictures weren't a hundred percent crisp on the long exposures. But they're pretty and all night-time-light-y, and maybe I'll use that as the theme for my next series for my current photography class. I only took 51 pictures, which with a large memory card and a happy shutter-finger is pretty unprecedented, but I got at least one really good shot out of it.

Made bread and went to bed.

(no 1 can explain | no more sinister than sane)

Friday, August 26th, 2011
3:00 pm
Classes have started, and I'm only taking a few -- four right now, but I'm probably dropping it down to two so I can have more time to book modeling work and get my little corsetry business started. Goodbye, Spanish and sociology. I liked you but I'm gonna have to dump you for digital printmaking and accounting.

Tomorrow I get to see !Women Art Revolution, which is only in town for a few days and something I've been looking forward to all summer (it looks a little hokey, but I'm excited anyway). Plus watching the new Doctor Who on a projector with Mackenzie in the evening, and it looks like it'll be a genuinely fun weekend (plus hangin' with friends and going waltzing tonight, plus going to a housewarming party on Sun for a local lady who I both like as a friend/acquaintance and fangirl as a photographer... that might be awkward, but if I can find a way over to it I'll survive it).

(no more sinister than sane)

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
12:11 pm
Back in Berkeley! Yay. This place make me happy.

But as always, after a heavily scheduled set of days (in this case, 3 1/2 weeks of traveling and modeling), I'm left feeling completely unable to handle myself in an unscheduled environment. It's all very "WTF? Free time? What do I do with that?"

I have a new lens that I can try out. And some money to deposit and pictures to develop. So I guess that's a starting point.

(no more sinister than sane)

Monday, April 11th, 2011
4:26 pm
My o and nine keys got broke a few days ago and I'm procrastinating on taking my laptop to get fixed 'cause I'm still usin' it.

Work and school are both being decent right now. The only problem is that while I'm great at dicking around, enjoying myself, and getting a few productive things done when I have none or few scheduled obligations, when I'm booked full on obligations for several days at a time and then have an unscheduled day [or two), I'm just like "aah, what do I dooooo?" and then I sit in one place and feel confused. So I'm trying to counteract that by making a sticky on my computer for "Things You Can Do, Kate." This will theoretically prevent Kate-implosion?

I'm [re-)learning to sail and windsurf. 0ccasinally with sister-Laura. This adds More Fun Things 0f The Scheduled Variety to my life, so maybe it will prevent implosion as well.

(no more sinister than sane)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
5:24 pm
Birthday cupcakes!
Since I'm turning 22 today, I decided to make me some nice tasty cupcakes.


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x-posted to food_porn

(no 2 can explain | no more sinister than sane)

Friday, November 26th, 2010
8:35 pm
Had Thanksgiving with Emily's family and some other family friends, and despite having lots of people present in our living room-turned-dining-room, things managed to go rather non-chaotically. Nice.

Thinking I'll go dancing tonight. Feeling restless. Wanting to organize me up some studio space. Have scheduled a model to come over on Monday for some art-modeling swapping (I paint her, she paints me).

Haven't been modeling much lately. Waiting on some snazzy pictures of my new haircut to market myself with.

(no more sinister than sane)

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
3:56 am
Spent most of today working on my Halloween costume (Peter Pan), and in the process got jute fibers all over my bed (yes I used burlap in my costume it is amazing). It's late and I'm laze and tired, so I just swept them onto the floor. Will deal with later.

Gaskells was nice, though there weren't as many friends there as there sometimes are. My magnificent Peter Pan costume was dwarfed by all of the other magnificent costumes there, and all in all the costumage was pretty awesome. I haven't been to a Halloween Gaskells since high school, but I think the average costume quality of the Halloween costumes there has gone up. It was very pretty and fun and nice and geeky. Lots of Dr Who-themed costumes (a 9, an 11, a dalek and a K-9, and I was told there was an ood but I didn't see it), and a Wendy to my Peter Pan (I didn't know her. It was kindof awkward).

Went to afters with Richard and had tea and tiramisu.

(no 1 can explain | no more sinister than sane)

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
1:54 am
Went to class this morning, then took one of the cats to the vet. Am ridiculously behind on the reading, but will no doubt be caught up by next class, a week from now (the second exam).

Am not doing much these days, but am feeling inspired to do more. Not the actual grunt work like putting websites together, but flitty things like making ridiculous garments for portfolio purposes and submitting individual pictures to low-profile juried shows that aren't actually gonna do a thing for my artistic career.

My cat is being really sweet lately. She sleeps in my room and cuddles, and she doesn't make noise in the morning!

(no 4 can explain | no more sinister than sane)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
1:48 pm
Just dropped my little sister off at the airport to go back to North Carolina this morning, then dropped off a framed photograph at CSU East Bay in Hayward -- it's gonna be in their "Best of the Bay" student exhibition, yay! I didn't know this when I was submitting my pictures, but apparently the woman who picked what got into the show is the director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, so O_O.

I've been meaning to get my work into more local shows and juried shows, but I know that that means I need to actually get around to putting up my website, and to do that I need to document a lot more of my work and organize the documentation and digital photographs and stuff that I already have, and stretch my unstretched paintings so I can take their pictures and waah it's a bunch of work and it isn't fun and I don't want to do it. I need to kick my ass or something.

I also made bread. Tasty bread. So maybe I am a little bit productive?

(no 1 can explain | no more sinister than sane)

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
2:18 am
I lost my voice on Sunday and only just started to get it back today. Considering that I haven't had much in the way of evil symptoms of illness, this is a little bit ridiculous. I can kind of speak, but my voice sounds funny, and I haven't been able to even hum to myself for like a week. Ridiculous!

I got my bicycle fixed today. Again. Third time in a week and a half! At least I now know a bicycle fix-it-man who specializes in vintage stuff (my SEARS three-speed is pretty old-school). First "fix" was new tires and brake pads (not 'cause they were broken, just 'cause they were 40 years old). Second fix was a new gear cable (before that, my gears hadn't worked for several months... so it'll be pretty weird having gears again). Third fix was because one of the people who did the two previous fixes didn't tighten one of the bolts enough and my rear wheel went all wonky.

But enough about my bicycle.

Basically I have no life. It's pretty sad. Stafford wants their money back.

(no more sinister than sane)

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
11:38 pm
I've been lurking on LJ a lot and not posting. So this is me posting. To get back into the habit of doing it every once in a while, and so I'm not this lazy lurky thing that sits here and reads stuff and doesn't do anything relating to my own life.

I've been taking a class at BCC, and a class at the ASUC Art Studio. They're both really nice and really straightforward and they don't make my brain break and I like that. I guess I've been in art school too long -- somehow the idea that my teachers actually want to teach constructively and be supportive and helpful is this big surprise to me. And as a result of that, it's pleasant and easy.

I've had one art piece (a photo I took this spring) accepted into a local juried show, and I think I'm going to try to get into more shows now, and create more showable pieces, and just generally make art, because that is what I enjoy doing. And also maybe do some more modeling (I've been winding it down a bit lately on the modeling front), and work with new people, and feel proud of my body again. And maybe cut my hair? After Saturday, assuming I don't book anything else, I'll have the freedom to do that, and I might as well do it while I can. I think with less hair I'll feel more confident, more like myself, and I'll want to model again.

(no more sinister than sane)

Saturday, September 18th, 2010
11:40 pm
If you read this, you're tagged. Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. No photoshop. Show your f-list the real you!


Alphabet blanket and mug full of tea. Yay.

(no more sinister than sane)

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
5:10 pm
It's been a while since I've posted on here (though I've been lurking and reading everybody else's posts). I'm doing pretty good. I'm trying to last-minute sign up for an Intro to Business class at BCC, and I think I have decent chances at getting into it. I'll also be taking a film photo class with the ASUC, and maybe a few other classes here and there, so I think I'm good for the semester. I'll be staying in the Bay Area for the most part, though I might travel a little on the west coast -- but having actual classes will mean no trips that take longer than a week or so.

I've got a new profile on Model Mayhem to show off the clothesy things I make -- http://www.modelmayhem.com/1803963 . If you weren't familiar with my other profiles, I have one for photography ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/1172675 ) and one for modeling ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/445059 ). The modeling one is a bit in need of a good update -- I've got a few cool pictures to add to it, but haven't yet. Haven't booked much lately -- right now I'm working on getting a class schedule together before I book some actual work.

The little sister went off to Guilford, in North Carolina. I think she's doing pretty well so far. Her ability to talk incessantly has gained her quite a few new friends already, and Bev and I have sent her rather a few care packages. I think classes have started at KCAI, and I'm not part of them. Yay!

Cali is doing pretty well. If she has a brain tumor, I don't think it's grown at all in the past three months -- if anything, she's doing better now than she was at the beginning of the summer. Of course, the downside of her doing well is that we're having more trouble Cali-proofing the yard. She's still not good enough in the head to wander alone without getting lost, but she's gotten a whole lot better at jumping our fence.

I've been posting a bit more on my Tumblr.

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Thursday, August 5th, 2010
7:16 pm
So if you're in the general area of my house and you see a long-haired calico that looks like mine and walks a little funny, deliver it too me. Cali's been missing since earlier today and we're not sure if she can find her way back on her own.

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Sunday, July 11th, 2010
2:14 am
I'm usually indifferent about surprise!porn popping up in my google image searches, but I'm kinda skeeved out by my recent google search of Lisa Simpson.

I had no idea that Bart and Lisa were so, um, popular in this way.


In, um, much nicer news, I have really tasty rice tea, my living room has undergone a dramatic transformation (partially at my hand), I'm meeting up with neat Sheroes people tomorrow, and my Cali-cat has a feline suitor (no worries, she's fixed... and I think the boycat is as well).

(no 1 can explain | no more sinister than sane)

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
7:39 pm
My first set just went live on Zivity today -- a pretty neat site if I do say so myself (I'm rather enjoying my free model account). If you aren't familiar with it, it's a multi-girl paysite -- full of schmexy naked ladies.

My model page is at http://www.zivity.com/models/Kamarose , and my set is at http://www.zivity.com/models/Kamarose/photosets/1 . But you can't view the set unless you have a membership.

I do have a few free 30-day Zivity trials to give away, so if you want on just email me at modelkamarose(at)gmail(dot)com, or my personal email if you know it, and I'll get one to you (until they run out, anyhow).

A teaser from the shoot (NSFW)Collapse )

It's a pretty awesome set, shot by Drew Orrin-Brown (one of my favorite people to shoot with), and featuring a dress I made m'self. I'm fairly proud of the whole thing.

(no more sinister than sane)

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
4:52 pm
Which of these two images should I use in my portfolio?

(no 3 can explain | no more sinister than sane)

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